The 50-kilometre Blue IQ City2City scooped bragging rights when they announced the race would carry the biggest winner prize for an ultra-marathon in Africa, a whopping R250 000 for the first male and female across the line, with money going right down to R 5,000 for tenth place. The overall commitment to the race will be R4 million, which includes the prize money.
The race, which has undergone some changes over the years, carries a long tradition, having first been run in 1903. Having gone through a slump in entries since the withdrawal of sponsors in the 90′s, it is hoped that the R1.3 million prize purse will reverse the trend and the organisers are planning for a field of 5000 runners this year.
The ultra-marathon will start at Hennops Park in Centurion on Sunday 7 September at 6am. Entries are obtainable from all major sport shops in the province as well as the Central Gauteng Athletics offices in the Germiston Stadium and the Athletics Gauteng North offices in the Pilditch Stadium.
The half marathon run and walk, which will be run from the Woodmead Value Mart and finishing at the same venue as the ultra, Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, carries a first prize of R10 000 for both the men and women. SAPA